Please join us as we discuss Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover. The novel is one of the most overlooked speculative fiction novels of the last 2 decades, a blend of science fiction and fantasy. The storyline is gripping and pulls readers along an adrenaline rush filled with gritty violence, flawed and fascinating characters, elements of cyberpunk, and at its core, a deeper and surprisingly real story about rage and love and the lengths they can drive one to. Although there are sequels to this novel, the story stands alone very well. The book is of middling length, at about 545 pages.
Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.
Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, simply the best there is at what he does.
At home on Earth, Caine is Hari Michaelson, a superstar whose adventures in Ankhana command an audience of billions. Yet he is shackled by a rigid caste society, bound to ignore the grim fact that he kills men on a far-off world for the entertainment of his own planet--and bound to keep his rage in check.
But now Michaelson has crossed the line. His estranged wife, Pallas Rill, has mysteriously disappeared in the slums of Ankhana. To save her, he must confront the greatest challenge of his life: a lethal game of cat and mouse with the most treacherous rulers of two worlds . . .
“Day of the Jackal meets Lord of the Rings . . . A marvelous conspiracy thriller of worlds within worlds, where no one is necessarily who or what they seem.” — Simon R. Green (Nightside series)
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